May 12, 2017

Nowruz, a new magazine, and skiing in Bamyan

Shukria and her classmates skiing in Bamyan
Shukria and her classmates skiing in Bamyan
It has been a busy year in Kabul so far, and we're thankful for all of you that have joined us. Right now, we have 19 partners for peace donating monthly! Your commitment is so inspiring to us and our students.  
      Over the last few months, our students in Kabul celebrated International Women's Day, planted trees for Nowruz, and launched a brand-new women's rights magazine. You can read all about their adventures and more on our blog.
     Now, we'd like you to meet Shukria. She is a 17-year-old 6th-grader in Bamyan province, northwest of Kabul. Bamyan is known for its beautiful valley with giant statues of the Buddha carved into the cliffs facing the city. Shukria lives an hour away from school, so she walks every day. Her father cannot afford to pay for transportation. 
     "This is a golden opportunity and I should take advantage of it," said Shukria about her education. "There are no other schools who would take me at this age." Her teachers say she is smart and ambitious and even takes English classes after school. She wants to be a journalist someday.
     Shukria has a hobby different from most girls in Afghanistan: she skis. Bamyan province is very mountainous, making it a great place to ski.
     "I love skiing and I want to be a good skier. AAE has provided us with this opportunity and I like it," she said. Shukria, along with her classmates, were introduced to skiing through an AAE initiative to help motivate them. Needless to say, it's been a big hit. 
     Thank you all so much for your support, and we can't wait to share more exciting news with you soon!
Shukria skiing
Shukria skiing
Shukria stops for a picture
Shukria stops for a picture
Kabul students launched a women's rights magazine
Kabul students launched a women's rights magazine

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Feb 17, 2017

Our 2016 in Numbers

Graduates in Kabul celebrating success
Graduates in Kabul celebrating success

2016 was a great year for Aid Afghanistan for Education and our students, and it's all thanks to you. Take a look at our impact in numbers.

  • Our total number of graduates rose to 1779
  • 152 teachers educated 2478 students in 6 provinces
  • 100% of Kabul graduates are off to college
  • AAE facilitated 58 community meetings
  • 180 teachers from across Afghanistan attended our teacher training workshops
  • We raised $48,559 on GlobalGiving through 252 donations
  • 129 of those donations were made by 17 monthly donors
  • The Safer World Fund matched most donations 50%

But we aren't stopping there. We've got some big plans for this 2017: 

  • Expand programs to 6 more provinces and reach 2500 additional students
  • Begin a sister school program in the United States
  • Raise funds to provide computers and internet access for every school

We're looking forward to making this year a success and can't wait to tell you all about it. Thank you for joining us in the effort for a peaceful, educated Afghanistan.

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Nov 23, 2016

111 Kabul Graduates Plan for College

On November 17, 2016, AAE celebrated its 13th commencement ceremony in Kabul. 111 students graduated this year -- and every single one of them is off to college.

The ceremony took place at the Kabul University auditorium. Government officials, students' family members, teachers, and AAE supporters came together to honor the class of 2016. After Hassina Sherjan, founder of AAE, welcomed everyone, guests listened to speeches from the Minister of Education, a representative from the office of the First Lady of Afghanistan, and a video message from First Lady Rula Ghani herself. Thanks to an agreement between AAE and the Ministry of Education, all graduates received an official, state-certified diploma.

A few words from some special graduates, Firooza and Frozan:

Firooza is 28 years old and has 5 children. She turned to AAE when no other school would accept her because of her age. “I can already feel the difference in the way I talk and discuss with others, compared to when I was illiterate. My life has changed a lot.” She is headed to midwifery school soon to help other women in Afghanistan.

Frozan is 26 years old and has 3 children. Other schools don’t accept married students, so she enrolled with AAE. “Initially, it was very difficult for me to come to school because I had no one to look after my kids. Sometimes I was sitting alone and crying, but those days passed. Thank God I am a graduate. Now, I feel very happy and confident, and can help my children.” She is following her dream of becoming a dentist and is going to dental school.

Frozan has a message for you: “Thank you very much to all those who support AAE. I love you and am really grateful. AAE paved the way for me to change my life.”

You've made our graduates' dreams come true. 100% of our graduates this year are planning to continue their studies and go to college, and it’s all thanks to supporters like you. Thank you for being partners for peace, and happy holidays from everyone at AAE.

Frozan at graduation
Frozan at graduation

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